I absolutely love seafood! One of the things I really wanted to do when traveling to San Francisco, was to go someplace that had the freshest fish available and that delectable sourdough bread. The first stop on my list of recommended restaurants by Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel was dinner at GiGi’s Sotto Mare.
Sotto Mare is a small but cozy, Italian restaurant. While famous for their Cioppino, they also have a number of other tasty options available. A reservation is recommended but not necessary. However, be prepared to wait if you go during the height of dinner hour.
We came in around 4:30pm. By 6:30pm, the place was full and there was a line waiting out the door. We ate at the bar, which overlooked the chefs preparing all the fresh made ingredients. It was really fun watching them juggle up to 10 pans, at the highest temperatures possible and still remain fully in control of everything they were doing – amazing!
The amount of high-quality, mouth-watering dishes and customer service they provide in such a small place, gives them a top notch rating alone.
We started with a delightful glass of Chianti and a steaming, hot cup of Boston clam shower. This rich, creamy goodness was the perfect consistency of baby clams, potatoes and tiny bits of real bacon. It was served with a baguette of freshly baked, crusty sourdough bread, which complemented it perfectly. It was so good, you had to be careful not to fill up on the bread alone!
The Cioppino – what can I say but FANTASTIC! It definitely lived up to all the hype & reviews I read. The bowl was HUGE and it was recommended for two, so we shared and thank goodness we did. There was so much food we hated to leave the leftovers.
This dish was abundantly full of shrimp, mussels, crab, squid, & clams all cooked to perfection in a rich tomato broth, topped over penne pasta.
There was absolutely no room for dessert, but I can only assume whatever we chose would have been like the rest of the dinner – a 5 Star!
- Fast, Friendly & Efficient
If you’re looking for a GREAT Italian seafood restaurant with a laid-back, casual vibe to enjoy with a friend, this place is top notch and is definitely on my list of stops when visiting San Francisco again.
Have you eaten at Sotto Mare in San Francisco, CA? Share your visit with me in the comments below!